Thursday, February 04, 2010

More Playing while it Snows and Snows


I'm having Ideas about Root People. I pulled out some big weeds behind the shed and found they had the most interesting roots, gnarly, grasping and hairy. I'd like to make people out of them, and I might give it a go when they are good and dried out. (Yes, guilty... I did save them!) Until then, my sister and I had fun with ink. Here is my first attempt. We laughed a lot, I cooked supper while she made her's... she came up with some perfectly charming monsters. She had so much fun that I've been able to tempt her to come back this coming weekend for a session of smearing around some paint. (She's a chemist by day) It seems to be the proper thing to do when it's cold, wet and gray day after day. Remember when we were kids, the sound of blunt scissors whacking hunks out of construction paper, the smell of paste and crayons, our tempera paints leaving splotches on our paint shirts? Everyone having a good time just playing, no thought where it was going to end up any more than "on the fridge". February, a good month to return to play for awhile I think.

18 comments:

Soozcat said...

Your root people are twistily delightful--very fun to look at.

So I know about "roots music," but what would "root music" be like? Is it inspired by lots of root beer? Inquiring minds want to know.

LDahl said...

... I'll have to root around in my mind and formulate a proper answer for you...
please stand by...

rooting rooting rooting...

A cheer-ful tune?

Ev said...

SO much fun to get to play with your sister. I love what you created!
Ev

William Bezek said...

Oh, I can smell that paste now! Thick, white, gelatinous, mint. And that girl that always got scolded for eating it, like she was licking chocolate from the mixing bowl.

LDahl said...

Ev, I am lucky to have a sister who doesn't have a problem with playing... she is at her best when we are on a supply hunt.

William, it was always a girl, wasn't it? The guys would chew the paper and make spit wads, gleefully showing off their colored tongues.

Toni said...

So much fun to just play. I can imagine your root people already.

My sisters night is tonight. Movie and popcorn.

simon said...

super idea Lilah! I have a german friend who makes "people" out of tree roots!

LDahl said...

Toni, my sister wimped out on me!
Bah, humbug...oops, wrong season!hehe

Simon, really!? Did you ever notice trees have upside down 'people'in them? Kind of creepy. I like creepy.

simon said...

yes and I agree. I took a photo in montparnasse cemetery (paris) of a tree with a face in it!

LDahl said...

Simon, do you still have the photo...I want a peek at it! :D

Lucretia said...

Can't wait to see what will have to the root people next. Very nice.

LDahl said...

Lucretia welcome to my blog! I had a great aunt Lucretia and she was a wonderful and wise woman.
I'm toying around with actual roots now..... I'm not sure why root people have captured my interest so much, maybe it is as easy an answer as "We all need roots". Seems good to me! ツ!

simon said...

Yes I do- I will find it for you , post it and you can copy it.

LDahl said...

That would be great Simon, thanks in advance!

Andrew Finnie said...

This is an exciting concept. Be good to see how you follow it up.!

cheers

andrew

LDahl said...

I've got a digital camera now, and ideas. I have the flu at the moment and feel like green slime. Painful, ashy, green slime. When I return to something that vaguely resembles a human-bean, I'll play again! :)))

Guyana-Gyal said...

Going into the garden will never be the same for me, I'm going to see green folk, root folk, and I won't be surprised if some of them snarl tough, gnarly words at me.

LDahl said...

They loves their weeds they do. You go pullin' up their weeds, they might have some words for you and may just bite you in the ankles! :))